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Topic: advent calendar--oops, it's December 10th already???  (Read 1407 times)
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« on: December 10, 2009 09:48:50 AM »

Yes, I am extremely late getting this done.  But done it now is, hurrah!  I loved the pattern by oh fransson found here http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=863 but wanted to do my own thing.  I also didn't want to have to buy 12 new xmas fabrics.  So I dug through my stash and found as many coordinating fabrics in xmas-y colors as I could, cutting them into 4.5 inch squares as I went.  That wasn't enough.  So I dug through again, and cut more squares.  Still not quite enough. This went on for what felt like weeks and actually took...well, weeks.  The sewing of the thing was easy in comparison.  I didn't follow the pattern exactly, what with it being already DECEMBER and all, but I really like the end result.  So, pictures!

Thar she blows.  I quilted it with a decorative stitch on my machine, in a simple grid, because, again, DECEMBER.

I bound it in some white bias tape I had lying around, and the amount of tape I had fit exactly around.  In fact, I thought it would be about 1/2 an inch short, but I stitched it together and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, bias tape has enough stretch that it fit perfectly!  Woohoo!  Love that crafting mojo.  When it works.

Here's a shot to show how I just stitched over the binding with the same deco stitch in red, so I wouldn't have to hand stitch the back.  I think it looks really great, and adds some color to the edge.

One more for the road:

Well, thanks for looking!  Happy Holidays!
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2009 10:36:34 AM »

I love how the specialty stitch you chose for the border could be seen as a string of Christmas lights!


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2009 10:44:41 AM »

It's terrific!  It's bright and cheery and I very much like the fact that you didn't use traditional holiday fabrics.  And I second Muria; the red *does* look a bit like a string of lights!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2009 11:05:49 AM »

It looks great.  I like the randomness of the numbers, and the non-traditional fabrics.  Well done.

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2009 12:54:59 PM »

Love this.  I was a fan of the project when it appeared on Sew Mama Sew.  Great to see another person made something similar! 

How did you attach the numbers to the pockets?  Are those made with felt or fabric?

« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009 03:15:07 PM »

Thanks everybody!  And, uh, yeah, I totally meant for the stitching to look like christmas lights, yeah, planned all along.... Wink

rainylakechick:  The numbers are fabric backed with heat 'n bond, ironed on and then zigzagged in place.  Funny, I dreaded that part so much, because it was my first time doing that kind of applique, but it was the most enjoyable part for me.  They aren't perfect by any stretch, but I kind of like the rough look I got.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2009 08:34:46 AM »

Love, love, love the stitching on the binding and the fabrics you used for the pockets that are not CHRISTMAS but still read Christmas.  Very nice.

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